Rochester Architecture: Mayowood Mansion | Park Place BMW in Rochester, MN

When hearing about Rochester, Minnesota, most people will associate it with the Mayo Clinic and never give it much more thought. However, Rochester’s rich history and unique style are full of history and tradition that can be found in some of its many beautiful and historic buildings.

If you’re looking for something to do in the area, consider skipping the movie and visiting one (or all!) of these sites to learn more about their history and take a step into some of Rochester’s most famous spots.

Mayowood Mansion

While Rochester has more to offer than the Mayo Clinic, it cannot be ignored that many of the city’s important buildings and history have a connection or two with it. The Mayowood Mansion and the surrounding ornamental gardens were occupied between 1911 and 1938 by Dr. Charles H. Mayo, a cofounder of the Mayo Clinic.

The 38-room home and ten acres of the estate were donated to the Olmsted County Historical Society in 1965. Two years later, a legislative act declared the Historic Mayowood mansion a Minnesota Historic Site due to its architectural and historical prominence. In 1970, the mansion and landscape were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Since 1965, the Society has maintained the house as it was when it was last occupied by Doctor Mayo and his wife and operates as a historic house museum.

Dr. Mayo did most of the architecture design for the house himself. The home was built using stone, reinforced concrete and tile. The Zumbro River was dammed to form a lake as well as to generate electricity for the house.

Tours are available until October 29 and then Christmas tours of Mayowood are between November 7-December 12. Tickets are $15 per person ($5 for ages 12 & under). Tours last one hour and leave on the hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit the History Center of Olmsted County website.
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